A rock group whose members have an average age of about 60 is about to launch an international tour. One of the oldest coaches who just retired from professional basketball is being lured back by a prominent professional team. An aging football player with a potentially career-ending neck injury is now playing better than ever.
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If the stress in your life is more than you can cope with, get help right away.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Go to the nearest hospital or emergency room
- Call your physician, health provider or clergy
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
So what's the message for us mere mortals?
It's very simple. These professionals invest in themselves with physical therapists, nutritionists, and strength and conditioning coaches. They have made a commitment to maximizing the remaining years of their careers.
They also respect their limitations. They recognize they cannot travel as much as when they were younger. They need to be more mindful of rest and the impacts of jet lag, and they need to be mindful of managing stress within reason.
Obviously most of don't have access to this kind of support, but there is a lesson there that is important. We need guidance from professionals. We need to look after our health. We need to recognize our limits, of course, but we needn't close the door to new opportunities.
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Nov. 20, 2012